Trimming fresh asparagus is snap! Pun, fully intended. Before you enjoy this delicious spring vegetable (though you can find it in your grocer’s produce section just about year-round), it’s important to get rid of the tough, woody portion of each spear’s stalk. Here are two quick and simple ways to snap asparagus into shape.
You can use your vegetable peeler to peel away the tough outer skin at the bottom of each spear. An even easier technique, and my preferred method of trimming asparagus, requires only your two hands. Hold one asparagus spear with both hands – the end of the stem in one hand and the top of the spear in the other – and simply bend it. The veggie will miraculous snap at just the point where the tough, woody stem ends and the tender portion of the spear (the part you want to eat) begins.
This is a great task for little hands that want to help in the kitchen. Happy snapping!